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Idaho lawmakers review solar energy incentive proposal

BOISE, Idaho AP - Officials with Idaho’s solar energy industry are encouraging lawmakers to include solar projects in a production tax currently granted to other forms of renewable energy developers.The Solar Energy Task Force, a legislative interim panel, met Monday to hear input from solar energy developers and tax officials to discuss possible legislation for the 2016 Idaho Legislature.The proposed legislation would subject solar energy developers to a 3 percent tax on the production of...

Grant provides new opportunities for solar energy

Four organizations in Muncie are now able to be powered by sunlight.The Solar Uniting Neighbors SUN Program gave four local organizations  Youth Opportunity Center YOC , Kennedy Library, ecoREHAB of Muncie, Inc. and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie  grants to help purchase solar panels to offset electrical costs.Ball State has been involved with ecoREHAB of Muncie, Inc. since 2009 when it started as a design build studio through the Department of Architec...

Nations commit to solar push

Over 120 countries will join today the International Solar Alliance, which aims to promote the greater use of solar energy around the world. The alliance will be co-launched at the UN climate negotiations in Paris by Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Frances President Francois Hollande. The 121 countries that will sign up to the initiative were described as solar-rich by Modi, in a speech at the opening of the Indian Pavilion today in Paris. SolarPower Europe chief executive officer Jam...

Solar Power In Europe: Can Germany And France Lead In

The sun sets over a field of solar energy panels as wind turbines spin nearby, Sept. 4, 2015, near Nauen, Germany. Germany has set ambitious goals for energy production from renewable sources. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Japan may end business tax break for solar installs, Nikkei says

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is reportedly seeking to halt funding for the lion’s share of a ¥70 billion renewable energy program by removing tax breaks for companies that install solar panels to sell power. Cutting the solar incentive portion of the initiative will shore up funds and help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is seeking to lower the corporate tax rate to under 30 percent next year. An LDP tax panel is considering a plan to end the solar tax benefit by March 31, the N...

California sun: Australian entrepreneur Danny Kennedy cashes in

It is sunset in a rough part of Oakland, and a hipster bar is filling fast.Australian expat Danny Kennedy is throwing a party for new players in the solar industry young software designers, engineers and start-up entrepreneurs."We need to get off the curse of fossil fuels, the legacy of the 20th century," he tells a crowd of enthusiastic twenty-somethings."We have to stop cooking the planet and protect our kids' future. So thanks for your efforts, thank you for being here, thank you for driving...

Why rooftop solar advocates are upset about California's clean

> That means rooftop solar owners are missing out on a potentially lucrative subsidy that is paid to utilities and developers of big power projects.It also means that utility ratepayers could end up overpaying for clean electricity to meet the state's benchmark because lawmakers, by excluding rooftop solar, left out the source of more than a third of the state's solar power. Owners of rooftop solar systems and their advocates aren't happy about the policy."Ratepayers essentially subsidize ...

Solar array panels installed at Clairmont Centre

The Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management is the second County of Grande Prairie facility to use solar energy. Solar array panels were recently installed at the centre for approximately $70,000. The solar array panels are equipped with 72 panels that absorb the sun's light photons which pass through an inverter to covert the photons into energy. The average life cycle of the system is about 30 years and is connected to a meter that credits the county for the power produced. "C...

Council may invest in solar energy scheme

PLANS to loan 1.7 million to a community energy company are set to go before Isle of Wight Council bosses. Executive members will be asked to approve the loan to Wight Community Energy WCE , a company founded by Mongoose Energy.According to a report due to go before next Tuesday's 8 executive meeting, Mongoose Energy is 'a leading developer of community-owned renewable energy projects' with seven solar farms to its name. The latest solar farm in its sights is an 8.5MW development at Homestead Fa...